Wow, has it been 3 months already? It’s time for another Low Buy update! Before you continue, please check out the below posts for more context about this one
6-Month Low Buy Update
I’m patting myself on the back, I haven’t purchased any skincare in the past 3 months since I published my first skincare haul of 2022. The haul I posted back in April have been the only products I have bought this year so far and I’ve always looked at my skincare collection first when wanting to try something new.
The only temptation the past few months was on Instagram; I participated in giveaways of skincare bundles, but didn’t win anything 😛
Now that we’re in July, I emptied out a ton of serums including the Man:yo Bifida Biome Complex Ampoule and I am near the end of Sioris My First Essener. I gave myself permission to buy some skincare that I need. I already placed an order on YesStyle so stay tuned for another skincare haul post!
Maximalist Skincare Routine
For the past year and half I have been playing around with minimizing my skincare routine from an average of 5 to 3 skincare items. I have tried many times to cut down on the number of products in my skincare routine, but alas, it never lasts long. I’ve come to accept that I like having a more elaborate skincare routine, or just certain skincare products on hand when the situation calls for it. As someone who creates skincare content, I have experimented a lot in many realms of skincare and have reaped the rewards in most instances – layers of hydration, tretinoin, chemical exfoliants, soothing creams, fermented essences and serums. I’ve come to understand what I like and what my skin likes, and unfortunately for my wallet, it really likes variety when it comes to skincare. I notice a difference in my skin’s quality and vibrance when I am not as high maintenance and I enjoy skincare in general so I’ll be sticking to my somewhat maximalist skincare routine and having those extra products on an as-need or feel-like-it basis.
Discovering My Colour Palette
In the makeup corner of the beauty world, I still have not purchased anything *pats self on back*. I almost broke my no-makeup buy streak recently – I was really really tempted to buy a bunch of cool toned lip colours from Rom&nd that seem to be well loved (Pink Tassel, Bare Grape, #Figfig). But I did the best thing possible – I shopped my collection and discovered a treasure trove of lovely cool-toned colours that compliment my complexion.
I have actually been shopping my stash more frequently now that I am settled in a new apartment and have easy access to my collection. I occassionally decluttered a makeup product here and there, eventually noticing that majority of the decluttered makeup falls in the warm-toned spectrum; My suspicion for this warm-toned makeup declutter is that I stopped wearing medium-full coverage foundations, or tinted sunscreens that had a warm undertone and paired well with this makeup – i.e. never turning orange. However now that only spot conceal and lightly conceal in the center of my face, I have been noticing more and more that all the warm-toned makeup in my skincare collection has been turning slightly orange shortly after it makes contact with my skin. I actually revisited my Merit Beauty vs Current Makeup Collection video and even saw how while both sides looked good, there was something about the slightly cool toned, Merity Beauty side that looked a bit better.
For the first time in my life, I did a very obvious cool-toned makeup look with ashy browns and very purple berry colours… And gaddamn it looked good. I always stuck to mauves in winter and peach in summer, but never ventured too far with the cool-toned makeup. I have to say, cool-toned makeup suits my cool, olive undertone skin way more. I did a cool-toned look a few weekends ago for an event and I never questioned the colour of the makeup and how cohesive the overall look was. I still kept some warm-toned makeup though – the ones that I find still look good on me especially in the warmer months, the colours that bring me joy.
Interests Beyond Skincare
Ever since reducing the noise of skincare on my social media and Youtube, I have been interested in more topics outside of skincare – a lot which focus on my self-growth.
Language Learning. I am currently learning Bulgarian and it’s really renewed my interest in language learning in general. Fun fact, I speak a bit of French (all Canadian kids have to take French class for a number of years) and I also learned Italian (forgot a lot of it, I’m a False Beginner again lol). I was taking Bulgarian classes before to give me a good schedule, but now I am attempting some self-studying.
Fitness. The time has finally come – I have been working out for 3 months straight, 3-4x a week! I first started with Shelley Darlington’s lockdown workout playlist at home. The last 2 months (and now this month of July) I have been going consistently. I have always liked the results I got and now that I’m in my 30s, I want to have a family and also live a healthy life with little to no problems. So all in all, it’s good that I finally got into the habit of going to the gym – willingly :).
Fashion. I’ve been watching a lot of informative videos on yin and yang in body types (i.e. Kibbe), essence, and colour analysis. Looking at my current wardrobe since doing a mass declutter, I have seen a pattern with the types of materials, silhouettes and colours I gravitate towards and it’s become a real “AHA” moment in my fashion development. I have been in uniform-required schooling and jobs for a good chunk of my life, so I feel like I’m finally understanding myself more through fashion.
Now that it is just past 6 months into this Low Buy year, I feel like I’ve finally escaped the beauty trap. I lost my impulsivity to buy and I don’t have FOMO for new releases. I also stopped watching a lot of skincare and makeup content which made up a bulk of my social media for years and added fuel to my unnecessary spending. Now, the vicious cycle of spending in the beautysphere has come to a halt and seeing how I’ve developed in the past 6 months is a real testament to that.
How’s your low buy year going? Have you also been decluttering, picking up additional interests, discovering you’re green? Let me know!